THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
BY JULIE PETERS AKEY
SAN PELAYO, SPAIN
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e had to stop to let this shepherd and his sheep go by in
the town of San Pelayo, in the Burgos region of north-
western Spain last November. I was in the area visiting
a U.S. citizen in prison there, one of my responsibilities
during my six-month rotation in American Citizen Services in the
consular section of Embassy Madrid.
A first-tour, consular-coned FSO, Julie Akey joined the Foreign Service after
serving in the U.S military, teaching English and starting a nonprofit to
help improve education in Haiti. She is the author of
Haiti, My Love
a collection of stories drawn from her experience living and working in the